I finished my Doll Quilt for round 11 of The Doll Quilt Swap. I can't give too much away about it as it's all top secret until my partner receives.
Apart from sewing the binding on the front, the rest has been hand sewn. It was a lot of work - far fiddlier than I imagined when I decided to go down this route. I actually tweaked my design a couple of times and it ended up with more a vintage feel than I'd first thought. In fact I hope I don't get type cast into only making vintagey stuff in other swaps because I love modern looking stuff too.
This is the back. With all the work on the front I went for a plain back. I'd used the same fabric for the quilt in the last round. It's small scale design seemed to have the right balance for a doll quilt and it also keeps up with the vintage feel. I hope my partner likes it!
Extra's were an issue, but I don't want to explain why in case it gives clues as to where my partner lives. So now I just have to wait for mine to arrive.
A few months ago I got to use (albeit briefly as he made me hand it back.) Moh's new Canon DSLR and I've been slowly growing the idea inside my head that I really want to make the move to DSLR myself. When I bought my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 I resisted the urge to buy a DSLR because of the extra cost, my wanting a camera I could carry anywhere - easily and have better zoom capabilities than a point-and-shoot. Don't get me wrong I love my Lumix and it will probably still get used heavily - particularly as I learn. But I'm thinking before Christmas I want to buy myself a DSLR - even know which lens would be a priority. I've narrowed it down to two brands and one is leading the other.
So I thought I'd ask you all what your experience, opinions are. There are lots of reasons why a Canon would make sense for me. Not least because Moh has one and his lens would fit my camera - and he's given me his Canon camera bag which would save me maybe £50 on purchasing that. However, a lot of people I know have migrated from Canon to Nikon and I don't want to be in the position of getting a camera, lens, convertors, filters etc etc and then in two years time think - damn wish I'd got a Nikon: best try and sell it all on ebay.
I've spoken to several experienced/professional photographers and they've all told me unless you're buying high end Nikons there are better entry level cameras - cheaper too. Another person told me they'd upgraded to Nikon because they went on a course and the person running it had a Nikon and took fabulous photos - but then by the virtue of them being good enough to run a course they'd probably take fab photographs with a £2.00 disposable camera. Someone else said they upgraded to Nikon because it's what Forces photographers use...Hmmmm didn't like to point out that, whilst this maybe the first choice of forces photographers they would use the equipment they were given, so if the government has a contract/sponsorship with Nikon then they'll be using Nikon cameras.
So are you a Nikon camera user that feels no other brand will do? Or are you a Canon devotee that wants to bend my ear about the benefits of EOS? Please let me know. Of course if you just want to comment about how your Mum always chops peoples heads off in the Christmas snaps then I completely sympathise there too ;-)